local business of the month
- Kyumei Ju JITSU
Professor Jason Davis, owner of Kyumei Ju Jitsu, has been practicing martial arts since he was 4 years old. The way that Davis was introduced to the lifestyle was very non-traditional. Believe it or not, it all started with his family’s local garbage man when he was just a toddler. “Our trash man would come and ask my mother how I behaved this week and she would say well he did this and he did that,” exclaimed Davis. “He would then make me stand in these weird stances until they finished all the trash on the road and then he would let me get out of the stance.” The stances that that the garbageman was teaching were all from the discipline of martial arts. Just like that, Davis’s lifelong martial arts career had begun. Along with being the owner and operator of Kyumei Ju Jitsu, Jason Davis also serves as the Appalachian Regional Director for Deibisu Ryu Ju Jutsu, which covers from Maine to Florida and as far west as Oklahoma. He is also the state director for AAU Judo and the international director of Kenpo Ju Jutsu.
Kyumei Ju-Jitsu, which translates to life saving methods, opened as a brick and mortar martial arts school in 2015, but has been operating as a business since 2013. They initially began operating at Morris Park as well as the small dojo at Davis’s residence. Once they had outgrown these spaces, they moved to their first physical location at Country Club Plaza. After operating at this location for three and a half years, the business re-located to their current location at 1511 Fairmont Avenue.
The primary teachings at Kyumei Ju Jitsu are based around the Deibisu Ryu Ju Jutsu system, formerly known as Billy Davis Combat Judo and Ju Jitsu. Deibisu Ryu Ju Jutsu specializes in teaching defensive tactics ranging from use of non-lethal force to Survival tactics. It is the perfect method for men, women, and children of all ages, sizes, and strength. Deibisu Ryu focuses on human development physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Other disciplines taught at the school include Judo, Aiki Ju Jutsu, Kenpo, Goju Ryu, Espritu mandrigma, Silat, Anis, Kickboxing, and Self-Defense.
The school also strongly believes in fostering Ohana, which means family. “Everyone becomes a part of our family,” says Davis. “We have birthday parties and Christmas parties. If you have a child that is slipping in school, we have parents in education who help kids get their grades back on track. If someone is struggling financially, everyone comes together to help out.” Kyumei’s children’s program starts taking young ones around the age of 4 ½ and as you get older, there is no age cut-off. “We have students as experienced as 78 years old,” says Davis.
Fortunately, the martial arts school has been able to persevere under the unforeseen constraints of COVID-19. “We had online classes for 4 months and once we were cleared by the Governor, we began having classes outside in our parking lot, and then started having classes again at Morris Park,” says Davis. The school currently has an enrollment of 40-45 students, but moving into the new decade, Davis hopes to grow the business’s electronic footprint and for the facility to grow to at least 100 students between all programs.
Kyumei Ju Jitsu is the City of Fairmont’s Local Business of the Month for the month of September and will be highlighted throughout. We encourage all citizens to check out Kyumei Ju Jitsu and everything that they have to offer throughout the year. They are located at 1511 Fairmont Avenue and you can learn more about them by visiting ohanaselfdefensewv.com, checking out their Facebook page, or giving them a call at 304-844-2240.
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